Groun­ded in fe­mi­nist theo­ry and learning from post-co­lo­ni­al theo­ry this re­se­arch pro­ject by Magdalena Freudenschuß de­ve­loped the con­cept of vul­nera­bi­li­ties with re­gard to di­gi­ta­li­zed so­cie­ties. The con­cept of vul­nera­bi­li­ties is lin­ked to a pre­vious re­se­arch pro­ject by Mag­da­le­na Freu­den­schuss on pre­ca­ri­ty/​pre­ca­riza­t­i­on. In this trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry strand of re­se­arch in­se­cu­ri­ty and vul­nera­bi­li­ty are con­side­red core mo­ments of so­ci­al chan­ge and its cri­ti­cal ana­ly­sis.

Re­se­arch was fo­cus­sing on the so­cie­tal con­di­ti­ons of vul­nera­bi­li­ties: What are di­gi­tal me­dia cont­ri­buit­ing to bo­di­ly, eco­no­mic, so­ci­al, ju­ri­di­cal, emo­tio­nal and po­li­ti­cal vul­nera­bi­li­ties of sub­jects? Which and who­se vul­nera­bi­li­ties are put for­ward by ac­tivists and ci­vil so­cie­ty agents re­cur­ring to, com­mu­ni­ca­ting through and con­sti­tu­ting them­sel­ves along di­gi­tal me­dia? The re­se­arch pro­ject tack­led the­se ques­ti­ons through a so­cio­lo­gi­cal ap­proach to dis­cour­se ana­ly­sis. Howe­ver, this ap­proach was ex­ten­ded by agent ori­en­ted re­se­arch stra­te­gies and also a pro­found ana­ly­sis of the ma­te­ri­al con­di­ti­ons of me­dia pro­duc­tion.

The pro­ject aimed at an out­li­ne for fur­ther re­se­arch and po­li­ti­cal in­ter­ven­ti­on which is sen­si­ti­ve to so­ci­al in­e­qua­li­ties and able to grasp them wi­t­hin the chan­ging con­di­ti­ons of di­gi­ta­li­zed so­cie­ties. By in­qui­ring into the con­cept of vul­nera­bi­li­ties the pro­ject en­riched the cri­ti­cal, fe­mi­nist re­per­toire of re­se­arch on di­gi­tal me­dia.

This project was part of the research project Art and Civic Media within the EU major project Innovation Incubator.